Posted by Virus Bulletin on May 9, 2012
Malware poses as fake update of popular software.
The FBI has warned travellers against fake software updates served through hotel connections which actually attempt to install malware.
The agency reports that it has seen instances where travellers connecting to a hotel room's Internet connection are presented with a pop-up of what looks like an update to a popular software product. If the 'update' is accepted, however, malware is installed on the victim's computer. The FBI does not specify the type of malware installed or the motives behind the installation.
A reliable Internet connection is essential for many business travellers, but care should be taken not to compromise on security: make sure all important information is sent over secure HTTP or VPN and treat every alert - even those that look familiar - with extreme caution.